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Sep 3, 2013

Redneck paradise: why are (some) Territorians so mean-spirited and ignorant?

Are intemperate and insulting comments to an NT News article part of a genuine debate or an indicator of the true extent of red-neckery in the far north?

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6 thoughts on “Redneck paradise: why are (some) Territorians so mean-spirited and ignorant?

  1. pete path

    bob: the charge is made by the legendary Col Friel in the film, echoing a common grumble by those who recognise the role this paper plays in dividing Territorians and pitting naive and insecure newcomers against (predominantly aboriginal) locals.

    http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/nt/content/2005/s1426074.htm
    http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s1395912.htm

  2. Enquvist

    Racism just in the NT? After a visit to Perth recently I’d say racism is in a LOT of states in Australia. Perth was shocking!! The Western Suburbs of NSW can be pretty atrocious too. It’s not a NT problem. It’s an Australia wide problem. Whites refuse to accept they invaded this country, then when hiring indigenous folk – they paid them in alcohol instead of money, and now there are rampant alcohol problems in the indigenous community as a result. White folk need to wake up and realise they caused the fecking problem and it’s up to them (us – I’m white too) to bloody well try and repair the damage we’ve caused.

  3. Ramon

    Being relatively new to the Territory I can understand why some people make those comments. It doesn’t take much to see how funding gets used the wrong way, wasted or taken by a few controlling families. Aboriginal affairs is terribly politicised in the territory at the peril of the Aboriginal people that needed it the most.

    Too many people are afraid of formally saying anything beacuse the racist card is often played to justify inappropriate actions or poor performance. The majority of the programs have the foundation of ‘them and us’always dividing the population. And I believe a few controlling people want to keep it that way.

    Well done for Gundjeihmi, I hope their program is a success.

  4. Bob Gosford

    Pete – I would like to hear more on the NT News internally generating “letters to the editor” – as I’m sure would others – anything definite there?

    And I note this link to Penny & Stella’s film: http://yourmovies.com.au/movie/23195/letters-to-the-editor-darwin-festival

    Any link to it on YouTube etc? I’ll catch up with Penny and ask her sometime soon.

    Cheers and thanks,

    bob

  5. pete path

    checkout the film “letters to the editor” by penny campton and stella simmering.

    The paper has a long, bad history of internally generating “letters to the editor” from “name and address withheld” that have a clear agenda of dividing territorians and fostering hate. The comment section on their website is just an extension of their proclivity for fraudulent ‘reader’ comments.

    Yes there’s still a lot of racists up north, and a bunch of them work for Murdoch’s rag.

  6. Raaraa

    If the front page news is about crocs instead of social issues in the NT, it’s not surprising to see some of the readers reacting in that way.

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